- Average Age
In 2000, the average age for a bride was 24 years and for the groom is was 28.
- Bridal Party
Most brides have four bridesmaids, including the maid of honor. Sixty-two percent have a flower girl and fifty-six percent have a ring bearer.
- Engagement Rings
Seventy-four of brides get a diamond engagement ring. Of those, 60% are included in the selection process, while three percent actually pick the ring
- Formal or Casual
Eighty percent of brides have a formal weddings.
- In Memoriam
Years ago, brides placed their bouquets at cemetery grave sites, in remembrance of family members who were no longer alive.
- Longest Wedding Dress Train
The longest train for a wedding dress was made in Germany and measured 515 feet.
- Longest Engagement
The longest engagement on record was between Octavio Guillen and Adriana Martinez. They were engaged for 67 years.
- Eat First
During the Roman Empire, couples were not considered to be legally married until they had shared a meal. It's possible that this custom lead to what today is the wedding reception.
- Many Weds
Glynn Scotty Wolfe, a former Baptist minister, has taken 28 brides and divorced 27 of them.
- Most Vows
Richard and Carole Roble, a pair of New Yorkers, have taken their vows 55 times, all in different locations and at least once in each of the fifty states.
- Number of U.S. Weddings
The number of marriages in the United States has averaged between 2.25 and 2.4 million every year for the past 20 years.
- Pearly Whites
An old German superstition suggested that pearls signified tears for the bride.
In Pennsylvania, ministers are forbidden by law from performing marriages if either the bride or groom is drunk.
- Largest Mass Wedding
In Seoul in 1992, 21,000 couples, followers of the Reverend Moon, got married on the same day. An additional nine thousand eight hundred other couples were married via satellite link-up.
- Tissue Paper
Originally, the tissue paper insert in an invitation envelope, was meant o blot the ink. Today, it's for looks only.
- Bad Luck
A pearl engagement ring is said to be bad luck because its shape echoes that of a teardrop.
- Ring A-Ling
About 70% of all brides wear the traditional diamond ring on the fourth finger of their left hand.
According to the Hindu tradition, rain on your wedding day is considered good luck.
- Pick the Date
Ancient Romans studied the inner organs of a pig to determine the best day to marry.
Aquamarine represents marital harmony and is said to ensure a long, happy marriage.
- Something Old
Brides wear "something old" on their wedding day to symbolize continuity with the past.
- Diamonds Win
Diamonds set in gold or silver became popular as betrothal rings among wealthy Venetians toward the end of the 15th century.
- Jewel of Happiness
In the symbolic language of jewels, a sapphire in the wedding ring means marital happiness.
In Asia, wearing robes with embroidered cranes symbolizes fidelity for the length of the marriage.
- The Younger
Legend says that if the younger of two sisters marries first, the older sister must dance barefoot at the wedding or risk never finding a husband.
- A Slice
Legend says single women will dream of their future husbands if they sleep with a slice of the groom's cake under their pillows.
Middle Eastern brides paint henna on their hands and feet to protect them from the evil eye.
- How Many?
On average, 7,000 couples marry each day in the United States.
- Just Thinking!
One of history's earliest engagement rings was given to Princess Mary, daughter of Henry VIII. She was two at the time.
- Here Comes the Bride
Princess Victoria established the tradition of playing Wagner's "Bridal Chorus" during her wedding processional in 1858.
- A Load of Gold
Seventeen tons of gold is made into wedding rings each year in the United States.
Snake rings with ruby eyes were popular wedding bands in Victorian England. The coils winding into a circle symbolized eternity.
- Let's Party
Stag parties were first held by ancient Spartan soldiers, who kissed their bachelor days goodbye with a raucous party.
- Post It
The Catholic tradition of "posting the banns" to announce a marriage originated as a way to ensure the bride and groom were not related.
- Upsy Daisy
The groom carries the bride across the threshold to protect her from evil spirits lurking in the doorway.
- So Sweet
The Greeks believe if a bride tucks a sugar cube into her glove, it will sweeten the marriage.
- Roll 'Em
Valentine's Day and New Year's Day are the two busiest wedding days in Las Vegas.
Monday, October 25, 2010
- Can you imagine how much text messages through mobile phones do Koreans teens do? They are the No. 1; they send more than 200,000 text messages in a year.
- Do you know that there are 3.3 billion of active mobiles in the world? The number is equal to the half of the entire world population.
- People cast more than 125 million cell phones in each year. It becomes a general tendency of the people to shed their phones quite often. For example, it has been found that the Koreans generally change their mobile phones within a year. It is now becoming an environmental issue as well.
- For the convenience of vote delivery, the Estonians are using their mobile phones. It also serves as a very convenient means to show their personal identification.
- The first mobile phone device was invented by Motorola and the device was named as DynaTAC 8000X.
- Do you know two-thirds of the mobile phones users are using the backlight of their phone as a flash light? It was confirmed after the survey taken by the sprint. Well, nice use of a mobile phone.
- Mobile phone is becoming an excellent means to notify people about the upcoming disasters or emergencies. Phone companies in some countries like Finland and Japan, where earthquakes are very common have already worked out these features. Such features in the mobile phones will be absolutely of no charge.
Friday, June 4, 2010
- The highest paid actor today is Mr. Hancock himself, Will Smith. He’s actually worth 80 million dollars a movie. (my, that’s a lot!).
- The highest paid actress on the other hand is Cameron Diaz at 50 million dollars per movie.
- During his visit to London, the ever so famous Charlie Chaplin once received 73,000 letters in just two days! (his eyes really must have got tired!)
- Zorro’s Catherine Zeta Jones has a candy family business but did not mainly give-in to her “sweet cravings” in spite their house was full of it.
- In order to see how well he acts, producers and film organizers had to push the “slow motion” button to see Bruce Lee in action (Eat your heart out Daphne!)
- As convincing as she is when acting, Julia Roberts’ left eye really tears up when she is nervous.
- Main movie characters are three times more likely to smoke than others in reality.
- The exposure of the Marlboro brand in the movies in the 90’s was ten times more than other cigarette brands.
- Pixar and Walt Disney’s may have not noticed this as there was a 2/3 increase of the inclusion of tobacco use in animated and children’s films in 1996-97.
- Then film producer Hal Wallis once said that the only sure thing in show business is an Elvis Presley movie.
- That the original title of the Elvis movie “Love me tender” was oddly coined as “The Reno Brothers”.
- A film reviewer once commented on Elvis’ acting and said that the good-looking guy suffers from itchy underwear and hot shoes (which raised him to stardom).
- In the classic movie “Godfather”, an orange is always seen somewhere in the scene before someone is killed
- “The Jazz Singer” (1927) is the first film to introduce dialogues.
- The first movie to show a woman wearing nothing but bra is “The Psycho” (1960).
- The first Technicolor film was “The Gulf Between Us” (1917).
- Hollywood’s most perfect couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are considered one of the most powerful actor and actress in the world by Guinness Book of Records
- James Bond stars are mostly 6 feet above in height (Daniel Craig excluded. He’s 5’10).
- And these major role players should be or must have an Irish blood.
- John Rambo, Rocky Balboa and Sylvester Stallone all share the same birthday – July 6.!!!!!
- The real life Charlie Chaplin once tried out for a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest. He never won as he finished third.
1) Orkut Buyukkokten(the creator of Orkut) gets $12 when every person registers to this website.
2) He also gets $10 when you add somebody as a friend.
3) He gets $8 when your friend’s friend adds you as a friend & gets $6 if anybody adds you as a friend in the resulting chain.
4) He gets $5 when you scrap somebody & $4 when somebody scraps you.
5) He also gets $200 for each photograph you upload on Orkut.
6) He gets $2.5 when you add your friend in the crush-list or in the hot-list.
7) He gets $2 when you become somebody’s fan.
8)He gets $1.5 when somebody else becomes your fan.
9) He even gets $1 every time you logout of Orkut.
10) He gets $0.5 every time you just change your profile-photograph.
11) He also gets $0.5 every time you read your friend’s scrap-book & $0.5 every time you view your friend’s friend-list.
12) Many Global Financial Consultants think this person might become the richest-person in the world by the end of 2009.
13) Finally, this is the best fact. This person has 13 assistants to monitor his scrapbook & 8 assistants to monitor his friends-list. He gets around 20,000 friend-requests a day & about 85,000 scraps a day.
14) A company named Affinity Engines that builds social networking products for universities (that just so happens to have been founded by Orkut Buyukkokten – the creator of orkut.com – quite interesting) is now suing Google for stealing their code....
The original founder of Facebook and CEO is 24 year old Mark Zuckerburg. Mark and 3 of his roommates created Facebook while attending Harvard University and launched the site on February 4, 2004 from their college dorm room. Forbes Magazine named Mark “the world’s youngest self-made billionaire” being worth an estimated $1.5 billion due to his creation of the popular website.
This is 41 year old American entrepreneur and Co-founder of Pay Pal Peter Thiel, who was the first person to invest in Facebook. It’s said his original investment in the social networking site in June 2004 was about $500,000 and as far as I know Peter still owns shares in that site.
A Country That Doesn’t Allow Facebook
I found this fact kind of interesting but also weird. Syria security was concerned to stop a spam campaign that used Facebook to promote false teaching to children about religion and war. Basically most articles I have read claim the country of Syria is afraid terrorist groups and so on have much easier times getting to their children on the social site. All I can say to this is in a way I understand but I’m glad I don’t live in a country that bans what social sites I can visit.
$12.5 Million Investor
The next big company to take a chance and invest in Facebook was Accel Partners. In May 2005, the company made an investment of $12.5 million then April 2006 Greylock Partners decided to invest $25 million in Facebook as well.
Within 4 years of launching Facebook, became the number 1 social networking site on the web but according to other sources it ranks 2 nd . Finally, in 2007 after seeing all the other major companies investing in Facebook, Microsoft contacted the owners of the site proposing an investment in return for 5% stake in the company. At the time they giant software company was offering up to $500 million for the investment. Owners of Facebook declined that offer but on October 24, 2007 Microsoft announced that they had purchased 1.6% of Facebook shares for the sum of $246 million.
Amount of Facebook Users and Applications
As most know, one of Facebook’s biggest downfalls is the applications that you’re requested to add every time you log in or do a quiz a friend has sent you. According to a study that was done in Nov 2007 there where over several thousands applications with another 100 being added daily. Crazy! In December 2007 to about the end of January of 2008, Facebook had seen its first drop in visitors in 3 years which was due mostly to the application spam within the site. The same study also showed that there were over 70 million daily active users to the site.
Pictures Uploaded Daily and Web Address Price
Most people who have an account with Facebook know the amount of pictures their friends post and so on but did you know that daily number of photos uploaded is over 14 million? I had no idea the number was so high but it does explain all the errors you encounter when using the site. Also the social network has been always named “Facebook” but it officially became Facebook.com in August 2005 when it purchased the web address for the sum of $200,000.
Failure of Google and Yahoo Buy Out
I don’t know how it came about but either Google and Yahoo where feeling threaten by the up and coming of the social network or they seen a way they could make a mass profit but in late September 2006 talks with Yahoo where underway and is rumoured they offered $1 billion to buy out Facebook where Google offered about $2 billion. Facebook owners where either holding out for more money or they realized they could make more in the long run from the site and decided to decline the offer from both sites.
Eleventh Richest Man in the World Invests In Facebook
This is Li Ka-shing also known as the World’s 11th richest man. This Chinese business tycoon has had his hand in a little bit of everything business orientated. He even had shares in Canada’s Imperial Bank of Commerce in 2005 which was worth about $1.2 billion. After following Facebook for a year the Chinese business man decided he wanted a part in the social networking site and on November 30, 2007 invested $60 million dollars.
Total Employees and Overall Value
In March 2008, Facebook had over 500 full-time employees on their payroll and according to other sources the total value of the company is now worth a easy $15 billion. Not too bad for a program a guy in his dorm room created from a project for school
#The First Japanese car in the United States was the Honda Accord manufactured in November 1982.
# Chevrolet Imphala was one such car that had enjoyed a breaking sales record of more than one million in 1965.
# The first cars used
lever instead of steering wheel.
# The first Porsche 911 was introduced in 1964 and generated a power output of 130 bhp.
# An airbag takes only 40 milliseconds to inflate after an accident.
# Ferrari makes a maximum of 14 cars every day.
# The world's longest traffic hold-up was between Paris and Lyon on the French Autoroute in 1980. it was about 110 miles long.
# The first auto insurance policy was purchased in in 1897 in Westfield, MA.
# Tata breaks the world records by producing the world's cheapest car, Tata Nano.
# Windshield wipers were introduced by a woman.
# The first self-propelled car was invented by Nicolas Cugnot in 1769. It was designed with three wheels and an engine in the front along with the boiler. The car was able to run at a speed of 6 km/h. The first self-propelled car was first used by French Army to move cannons.
# Nicolas Cugnot designed another steam-driven vehicle two years later after he introduced the first steam-driven car. The machine ran well but one day it met an accident with a wall and this incident is recorded to be the first motor-accident.
# In the late 18th century, Issac de Rivaz designed several successful steam-powered cars. Then in 1807 he designed the internal combustion engine that used a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen to generate power. He then developed a car using this engine.
# The first practical four-stroke engine was invented by the Otto and Langen Company of Deutz, Germany. Nikolaus Otto was working in a grocery store and one day he read about Lenoir's two-stroke gas-driven internal combustion engine. Otto the started his own workshop supported by Langen in Deutz near Cologne in 1863. There he invented the four-stroke engine in 1876. Later, a German engineer named Gottlieb Daimler carried out much developments in the engine and introduced a practical four-stroke engine in that is still used in various car models.
# In 1887, Benz was the first car company to be offered for sale.
In 1887, Benz was the first car company to be offered for sale.
In 1887, Benz was the first car company to be offered for sale
In 1887, Benz was the first car company to be offered for sale
- The first cars did not have steering wheels. Drivers steered with a lever.
- The New York City Police Department used bicycles to pursue speeding motorists in 1898.
- The first speeding ticket was issued in 1902.
- In 1916, 55 percent of the cars in the world were Model T Fords, a record that has never been beaten.
- The first gas gauge appeared in cars in 1922.
- In 1923, 173 new inventions by women for cars had been reported. Among these inventions were a carburetor and an electric engine starter.
- The first car radio was invented in 1929.
- Buick introduced the first electric turn signals in 1938.
- The Peanuts characters were first animated in 1957 for a Ford Fairlaine automobile commercial.
- Most American car horns beep in the key of F.
- The automobile is the most recycled consumer product in the world today.